Puerto Natales (Bus transfer to Torres del Paine at 6:30 am)
Puerto Natales (Bus transfer from Sector Paine Grande at 6:30 pm)
This version of the W route is designed for travelers with less time to trek in Torres del Paine. The main difference is that on the first day you will start walking to the Base of the Towers lookout point. During the 4 day tour, you will enjoy one of the most impressive treks in all of South America, in which you will be able to delight in the majestic landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. This option is self-guided, so you will walk on your own along the perfectly defined trails and stay in different areas along the famous W.
The tour includes everything you need to enjoy this experience (transfers, accommodation, food, access...) you just have to decide if you want to stay at the campsite or refugio (recommended). The most important areas you will visit during this trek are Base Torres, Los Cuernos, Valle Francés, and the Mirador Glaciar Grey. In these areas, you will enjoy colossal mountains, deep blue glaciers and beautiful forests that seem to be taken from a fairy tale.
Find out what these days will be like next:
The day before the start of the trek in Torres del Paine, we will have a briefing at 5:00 p.m. in our offices. There they will explain you everything you need to know to carry out the tour. They will also give you all the tickets, permits and the welcome kit to Torres del Paine.
You will leave from Puerto Natales at 06:30 a.m. with the bus that will take us to Torres del Paine National Park. That same day, begins the trek to the Mirador Base Torres.
You will cross the Ascensio Valley until you reach a glacial moraine, that part of the road is made of stones and with a slope that will take you to the Torres Base Viewpoint. The descent is by the same route to the Central Sector, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. every day. When you finish your breakfast you can pick up your lunch-box which you can enjoy whenever you want.
You will surround the Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill and Cuernos del Paine, walking about 13.5 km and you will enjoy the views of these emblematic places such as hanging glaciers and spectacular lakes. Along the way, you will marvel at the unique vegetation and animals that this trek offers. When you arrive at the French Sector, you will find yourself in one of the most welcoming refuges of the route and in our opinion, with the best food!
The day starts with a gentle walk to the Italian camp. We will be able to admire the landscapes offered by the forests of the French River Valley, walking approximately 2 km. The trek to the French viewpoint, where the impressive views of the emblematic mountains Paine Grande, Cathedral, Leaf, Mask, Sword, Shark Fin and North Horn will leave you speechless.British viewpoint
At this point you decide. If you have started the route early and have the strength, you can continue to the British lookout point. This road is especially difficult because of the slope, but the wonderful views it offers make it worthwhile.
Once we have enjoyed the incredible landscape, we will return to the French Sector by the same route spending the night in the French Sector.
The last day, you will border the Cerro Paine Grande, being this point the highest of the Massif (3,050 m) and enjoying again the spectacular hanging glaciers. You will pass through Nirres, Coigües and Notros to reach the first viewpoint of Lake Grey where we will have one of the best views of this tour, the incredible Glacier Grey.
After enjoying such magnificent views, we will return to the Paine Grande Sector to board the catamaran at 6:30 p.m., which will take us to Pudeto. With the bus, you will arrive at Puerto Natales at about 09:30 p.m., thus ending this incredible adventure.
W Trek Express starts from Puerto Natales. If you are travelling from Santiago de Chile, the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. From Punta Arenas, you can take a bus that is just 3:15 hours away and will bring you to the Puerto Natales bus station. Another very common starting point is El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect this Argentinian city directly with Puerto Natales which is a 5 hours journey.